In Cuesta College head coach Bob Miller’s eyes, John Tiedemann didn’t have his best stuff Thursday.
“He battled,” Miller said. “He did not have good command or good pitches, and walked four batters.”
Even so, Tiedemann, a former San Luis Obispo High star, gave up no earned runs and two hits as the Cougars defeated Ventura 13-1 for a Western State Conference-North Division baseball win, clinching the program’s 16th straight regional playoff berth.
“It’s a testament to the kind of pitcher he is,” Miller said. “That’s the sign of a great one.”
The Cougars clinched the division’s second playoff berth behind Santa Barbara City College after finishing the regular season 22-14, including a 13-7 league record.
But early on, it looked like the Cougars might fall in their regular-season finale. They left five runners on base through the first four innings and failed to get their first run across the plate. Then came a big fifth inning.
“We finally got that clutch hit,” Miller said.
“We had runners on bases all game, and just didn’t execute very well. Then, we finally just got the hit with the guys on base.”
The Cougars scored five runs in that inning, off three hits and an error, to take a 5-0 lead.
From there, Cuesta poured it on. The Cougars scored five more runs in the sixth and three in the eighth.
Overall, they had 18 total hits.
Chris Lindmark went 4 for 4 for the Cougars, Michael Camporeale went 3 for 4 with four RBI, and Mission Prep grad Alex Detz went 2 for 3 with three RBI.
“We’re excited about being in the playoffs,” Miller said. “And we’re looking forward to giving someone a battle.”
The playoffs start next week.